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Acts 2:38 Baptism: signed and sealed

posted May 4, 2020, 9:25 AM by Jacob Boer

"Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

It feels fitting to write about baptism on a spring day where the rain is falling and you can see the grass getting green, flowers beginning to poke their heads above the ground, and a feeling of new life is sprouting up again is all around us. This is what baptism symbolizes, the washing away of the old dirt and grime that has built up in our hearts and souls due to sin, it’s about new life and the putting aside of the old life, it's all about hope and grace, forgiveness and new starts.

Baptism itself doesn’t wash away your sin or get you forgiveness, it’s a sign that when you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, that your sins are forgiven; and it’s a seal, it’s like God reaching down from heaven and putting his mark on you so that the devil knows that you are no longer his, but that you have been claimed as God’s. That’s why I love baptisms!


Q. How does holy baptism remind and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross benefits you personally?

A. In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing and with it promised that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and his Spirit wash away my soul’s impurity, that is, all my sins.